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6 May 2014

Blonde like woah



As mentioned yesterday, the final step in the hair colour journey is now complete. I am so excited about it!

Can I call myself a blonde now do you think? :)

I would probably describe the colour as a dark warm blonde. It's like sand mixed with a bit of honey and exactly the kind of tone that I was after.

It's taken a lot of time and effort to get here. I think I probably underestimated this at the beginning and wrongly assumed that this would be the result after one visit. Nope, this took three visits to the salon in total and the visits comprised the following:

1) Lift the base colour/balayage and some ombre on the ends (5 hours)
2) All over balayage and toning (3 hours)
3) All over balayage and toning (3 hours)

This was all done in a relatively short timeframe but for each visit we assessed the integrity of my hair and made sure that it could handle the process. It could but if I don't deep condition it from this point on then I will be in for a massive b*ll*cking from my hairdresser, Anthony.

It's funny having lighter hair. I feel renewed in a way. It's also been a bit of an education. Here are some of the lessons I have learned over the last few weeks:

1) You don't need as much make up - lighter hair softens features I think and makes it easier for me to feel like I can get away with less. Having said that my less is probably someone else's plenty.

For example today I applied Revlon BB cream, Laura Mercier Powder, Laura Mercier Orange Blossom blush, MAC Lingering eye pencil, MAC Patina shadow, Marc Jacobs eyeliner, L'oreal Miss Manga mascara and a clear Lancome lip gloss....and that's ALL I used :)

2) Product and grime turn the colour brassy - I noticed this the other day. When there is too much product in the hair, the colour dulls itself down and becomes slightly brassy. This is a problem for someone who likes to spray in Oribe Dry Texturising Spray as liberally as I do. I'll have to control myself!

3) Maintenance is scary - it's fortunate that my hairdresser is also a good friend as we will be seeing each other on a regular basis to tackle roots. Not only that but the other challenge is keeping the colour the right side of blonde.

I can already predict that I will waste far too much mental energy worrying about this but don't worry, I will try and internalize it as much as possible so I don't bore you off :)

See you tomorrow!

49 comments

  1. Looks amazing Laura and a lot of effort! I want to go lighter at the ends but cba to get to the hairdressers...

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  2. Looks so good on you! Uhh I really want to do it now.

    www.thegoodowl.co.uk
    xx

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  3. Looks amazing!

    http://becloumar.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. Yay, it looks gorgeous! I'm so amazed how well it works for you given the dark hues of the past. I'm taking this pic and post to the hairdresser next time I go if that is ok.

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  5. This is the perfect blonde on you, Laura!

    I went blonde last year before I slapped on the turquoise dye, I looked more like Nicki Minaj. Mleh.

    x

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  6. Love this new coloring!! Looks great on you

    Annie
    A College Confession

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  7. Love your hair, you look amazing.

    Jess x

    www.jessicalaar.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. It’s gorgeous! Would love to see a post on what products you will be using/are using! Recently got my hair lightened too so not sure what to use!

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    1. Thanks Nora - I'll have to get that sorted ASAP and then do a post about it!

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  9. The colour really suits you, makes your skin tone look lovely :) xx

    www.lifeinthefashionlanee.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. Love the colour.......great shade. x

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. I went from brunette to blonde a few years ago but changed it back to brunette after a little over 2 years.. I just hated having to have my roots touched up so frequently & the constant use of silver shampoo to keep it from turning brassy.. Not trying to ruin this for you though hah, you look amazing!

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    1. Oooh silver shampoo - forgot about that! :) Let's see how long I last haha

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  12. Blonde really looks good on you! I just turned into a blonde last week and I agree with you, you don't need to wear as much makeup. Do you use purple shampoo? I have started using the L'Oréal Shine Blonde purple shampoo as I've heard it takes away the brassiness from the blonde hair. I used it once and I can see results already!I would love to read about your new 'blonde hair routine' hair care :)

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    1. I need to get on that train! I haven't tried that yet but I need to get one ASAP :)

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  13. I love the new color Laura! And the shorter hair, it suits you so well. I love the idea of going blonder in the summer! I might bring back ombré hair, but i dont know if I'm over it yet. I don't think I am over it :)

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    1. Thanks Sabrina! I love this length - might grow it a couple of inches more but mid-length is so much more manageable for me :)

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  14. It really suits you! X

    www.peexo.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. the blond looks so great on you

    Lady-Pa

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  16. Absolute beaut! Would love to be blonde for a few days but I know I'm a brunette at heart ;)

    Fee
    http://www.pingle-blog.com
    xxx

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  17. Love your hair! That's the shade I want mine :) xx
    www.allthingsbeautiful-x.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It took a long time to get here but so happy with it! Best of luck with yours!

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  18. very pretty! Wear your natural eyes though, I love dark eyes and blonde hair. Bottle blonde and blue contacts are a little too Paris Hilton, true? You are a very beautiful woman.

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    1. I don't wear coloured contacts. Only clear ones as I am blind as a bat :)

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  19. We have pretty much the same color, I use coconut oil bi-monthly as a conditioning treatment that doesn't turn my hair brassy and it smells wonderful.

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  20. It's definitely a process and patience pays off eventually. I've heard stylists say that sometimes blonde never turns out the way someone wants it, so you're lucky. :) I love caramel blondes.

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  21. Looks really great on you, Laura!

    xo, alison*elle

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  22. Your hair is gorgeous! Being blonde is worth it, I think there is just something about being blonde, makes me feel so much better.. I am going blonder soon and I cant't wait but I am pretty scared at the same time! Would love to see a post on how you maintain it and what products you use! xx

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  23. The effort payed off - it looks lovely!

    makeupbyjesswhitbread.blogspot.com

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  24. I love your blonde hair. You are looking great!

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  25. It really suits you! But coloring is so high maintenance!

    Travel Friendly Makeup @ The Conscience Fund

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  26. Looks great on you! :)

    Hope you get a chance to check out my blog.

    xo
    Maggie A
    LOVEMAVIN/YOUTUBE || LOVE MAVIN/BLOG

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  27. Your hair looks amazing Laura, the colours look really natural & as they say...blondes have more fun!!!
    Hugs xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  28. I absolutely love this hair colour on you! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  29. It suits you so much, it's so unusual for people to suit being a blonde AND a brunette

    www.walking-in-heels.blogspot.com

    xxx

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  30. It really suits you! You're gonna love it for summer as well. I was brunette for a while but now I'm blonde again I can appreciate how much brighter my face looks!

    Also, I used to used purple shampoo to counter-act the brassiness if that helps at all :) xx

    Katy | Little Miss Katy

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  31. Love the hair! Do you like Miss Manga mascara? I've been eyeing it for a while yet hesitant to buy it!
    www.lawoftaste.com

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  32. Looks gorgeous, you can totally pull off any shade you lucky lady!

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

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  33. Welcome to the club!

    www.londonbeautydiaries.blogspot.co.uk

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  34. You look amazing!

    Please update us about maintenance! Some of us need to be walked off the blonde ledge, and others of us might be ready to jump once we find out. You should check out Kevin Murphy texturizing beads. They give some awesome bed-head and might keep away the brassyness.

    Have (more) fun!

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  35. Blonde hair suits you beautifully Laura! Kinda making me wish I was back blonde...

    Love Beth | BethBlogsBeauty
    xx

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  36. blonde looks amazing on you!! xx

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  37. lush daddy O shampoo mixed with your usual shampoo. Works as a toner. Is a must for blondes. As a California blonde - I know.

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